Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said Monday that a committee of chaplains would administer a new Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund and secure donations for the victims of superstorm Sandy.
The committee, comprising six Nassau County Police Department and Volunteer Fire Service chaplains, will establish an account, create an application process and raise money to aid storm victims, Mangano said.
Mangano said at a news conference at the county's Office of Emergency Management in Bethpage that with the recovery fund, "Nassau friends and neighbors -- who may have not suffered the same devastating effects of Sandy as others -- will have the ability to assist with rebuilding our great county by making contributions that will then be distributed to those in need."
The Rev. Kevin Smith, chaplain for Nassau County's Volunteer Fire Departments, will chair the committee. The other members are: Bishop Robert Harris, the Rev. Gerard Gordon, the Rev. Joseph D'Angelo, Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz and Rabbi Abraham Lefkowitz.
Mangano had no estimate of how much the fund might raise.
"But I thank our chaplains for volunteering . . . and our residents in advance for helping friends and neighbors in need," he said.